By  on September 3, 2009

PARIS — Christian Dior has named Camille Miceli, costume jewelry designer at Louis Vuitton, as artistic director of its costume jewelry lines and as an artistic adviser on certain leather goods.

The appointment, effective Oct. 26, confirms a report in WWD Aug. 20 and signals that luxury titan Bernard Arnault is putting more creative firepower behind a brand that already counts three high-profile designers: couturier John Galliano, Dior Homme’s Kris Van Assche and fine jewelry designer Victoire de Castellane.

Miceli reports to Sidney Toledano, Dior president and chief executive officer. In a statement, Toledano said Miceli’s creative prowess and experience in luxury would help “accelerate development of the house’s accessories.”

A vivacious, leggy fixture on the Paris fashion scene, Miceli joined Vuitton’s public relations department in 1997 as Marc Jacobs arrived as artistic director. Encouraged by Jacobs, she segued into creative pursuits and has signed costume jewelry collections at Vuitton since 2003, building it into a growing and high-profile business.

For example, her chunky necklaces for fall, resembling loops of construction paper, have received numerous editorial credits in fashion magazines this fall. Last year, Miceli also collaborated with music impresario Pharrell Williams on a fine jewelry collection for Vuitton.

In fashion jewelry, she is known for a playful, funky and bold sensibility, employing such unusual materials as wood, painted metal, plastics and feathers.

Miceli started her fashion career at age 15 when she interned at Chanel and Azzedine Alaïa. She spent seven years as a publicist at Chanel before joining Vuitton.

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